/drɛs / (say dres)

1. a one-piece outer garment worn by women and girls, comprising a skirt and bodice, with or without sleeves.
2. clothing; apparel; garb.
3. fine clothes; formal costume: full dress.
4. outer covering, as the plumage of birds.
5. of or for a dress or dresses: dress fabric.
6. of or for a formal occasion: a dress suit; a dress uniform.
verb (dressed or, Archaic, drest, dressing)
verb (t)
7. to equip with clothing, ornaments, etc.; deck; attire.
8. to put formal or evening clothes on.
9. to arrange a display in; ornament or adorn: to dress a shop window.
10. to prepare (fowl, game, skins, fabrics, timber, stone, ore, etc.) by special processes.
11. to comb out and do up (hair).
12. to cultivate (land, etc.).
13. to treat (wounds or sores).
14. to make straight; bring (troops) into line: to dress ranks.
verb (i)
15. to clothe or attire oneself.
16. to clothe oneself in formal or evening clothes: *We'd dress for dinner every night and dine by candlelight –criena rohan, 1963.
17. to come into line, as troops.
18. dress down, Colloquial
a. to scold severely; upbraid and rebuke.
b. to dress more casually than might be expected for a particular occasion.
19. dress on the left, (of males) to have the genitals positioned at the inside top of the left trouser leg.
20. dress on the right, (of males) to have the genitals positioned at the inside top of the right trouser leg.
21. dress ship, Nautical to decorate a ship by hoisting lines of flags running the full length of the ship.
22. dress up,
a. to put on best clothes.
b. to put on fancy dress, costume, or guise.
c. to make something seem more desirable by cosmetic means: *Sure they've dressed it up with lots of trade-offs, and that doesn't surprise me too much –aap news, 1997.
{Middle English dres(en), from Old French dresser arrange, from Latin dīrectus straight. See direct (verb)

Australian English dictionary. 2014.


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